The #1 New York Times bestselling biography of George H.W. Bush. Based on rigorous research, hours of private interviews with Bush, and unprecedented access to his diaries, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author brings to life the 41st President of the United States.
JON MEACHAM received the Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson, American Lion. An executive editor at Random House, he is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson- The Art of Power, American Gospel, and Franklin and Winston. Meacham, who teaches at Vanderbilt University and at The University of the South, is a fellow of the Society of American Historians. He lives in Nashville and in Sewanee with his wife and children.
"[Jon] Meacham's book should be required reading--if not for every
presidential candidate, then for every president-elect."--The
"Destiny and Power reflects the qualities of both subject and biographer: judicious, balanced, deliberative, with a deep appreciation of history and the personalities who shape it. If Meacham is sometimes polite to a fault, Destiny and Power does not suffer for it. His kinder, gentler approach succeeds in making George H. W. Bush a more sympathetic--and more complex--figure than if the former president had written his own doorstopper after all."--The New York Times Book Review
"Jon Meacham, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Andrew Jackson, put an enormous amount of work into this volume: nine years of interviews, full access to the diaries of George H. W. and Barbara Bush, and an open door to family members and friends. Add to this Meacham's balanced journalism and smooth writing, and you have a fascinating biography of the forty-first president."--The Dallas Morning News
"When we rank, reconsider, laud, or denounce past Presidents, living or dead, we are taking stock of our own times. In that sense, the vindication of George H. W. Bush is a reflection of what we know we've lost. Jon Meacham's new biography of Bush, Destiny and Power, makes that plain from its very first pages."--The New Yorker
"Graceful prose, backed by diligent mining of the archives and access to an oral diary that Bush dictated throughout his presidency . . . The story of the forty-first man to hold the office sheds light not only on the country we were, but the one we've become."--Los Angeles Times
"Meacham is a superb historian and he weaves a compelling historical narrative, drawing heavily on Bush's own contemporaneous diaries. The result is a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into high-stakes decision making in a rapidly evolving world."--The Seattle Times
"Through one man's long journey through politics, we see America's changing attitudes toward power and duty."--Time
"Illuminating . . . written from Bush's perspective but
with a journalist's rigor . . . George and Barbara Bush have
provided extraordinary cooperation [for] an account of his life and
presidency that has depth and value."--USA Today (4 out of 4
stars) "A gripping new biography of the forty-first
president."--The Economist "Meticulously researched . . . a
revealing biography that should serve as the starting point for
future evaluations of the forty-first president."--Kirkus
Reviews "A vivid, well-written account."--Publishers Weekly
"The more time passes, the more the dust settles, the clearer it
becomes that George H. W. Bush and the strengths of character he
brought to his long service to this country deserve more attention
and appreciation. And now comes Destiny and Power, Jon Meacham's
altogether fair, insightful biography of the forty-first
president--a portrait made especially compelling by the author's
remarkable access to Bush's private White House diaries. This is a
timely, first-rate book!"--David McCullough "What a
spectacular and moving portrait this is--not only of a remarkably
classy man but of the era that shaped him! It is hard to imagine a
biographer more fitted than Jon Meacham to write what will surely
be the definitive work on George Herbert Walker Bush."--Doris
Kearns Goodwin "This astonishing book is both timely and
timeless. Based on candid interviews and intimate letters and
diaries, it provides a deep insight into the character of George H.
W. Bush, flavored with colorful anecdotes depicting his
relationships with people ranging from Gorbachev and Reagan to his
sons George and Jeb. The result is a fascinating and insightful
portrayal of the life of an exemplary American citizen."--Walter
Isaacson "Jon Meacham's timely and intimate biography of George
Bush 41 is a welcome reminder of this modest president's call to
service, from the cockpits of World War II to the Oval Office and
the end of the Cold War. Here you'll meet a man of patrician
manners, wartime heroics, Texas assimilation, party and personal
loyalty, with a refined sense of power that carried him into
history. Meet the George Bush you didn't know."--Tom
"This riveting biography by the incomparable Jon Meacham gives George H. W. Bush his well-deserved place in history. Destiny and Power is full of surprises, revealing 41's important role in scene after crucial historical scene of the past seven decades. President Bush used to say that he could never quite convey his "heartbeat" to Americans. Now, using a treasure of heretofore unseen diaries and other documents, as well as his own detailed interviews, Meacham takes us behind closed doors to show us what this sometimes misunderstood leader was really like."--Michael Beschloss From the Hardcover edition.
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